By Kerrie Kelly on 23 Mar 2016 Originally posted on http://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/ Shades of white, crisp navy and earthy neutrals create a calming and versatile backdrop. Trendy color pairings  are not for everyone. But even if you prefer timeless paint palettes, the decision to update your home decor with new hues still comes with a lot of choices. Glossy or matte? Warm or cool tones? Pretty patterns or bare necessities? Here are three favorite palettes and pairings to help you gain a fresh perspective on your home. Navy and white If you’re lucky enough to call a beautiful coastline your home, a navy-and-white color palette is a perfect pick for your space. Its nautical roots and fresh, crisp look are a natural fit for a beach house or residence inspired by the shore. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Navy helps bring dramatic dimension to a room when paired with white trim or wainscoting. Keep the rest of the room’s colors and accessories simple and natural, adding texture throughout with jute and other natural fibers for a fresh-off-the-beach feel. Crisp white and warm gray A truly timeless color palette, white and gray have the ability to turn a room completely contemporary or settle it into a totally traditional space. The shades of white and gray you select will determine the personality of the room, and change how light reflects off the walls, textiles, and flooring. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Try a warm greenish-gray paired with a crisp white for a transitionally styled space. The beige undertones help balance the coolness of the white, giving off an inviting vibe, perfect for pairing with vibrantly colored cushions, textiles, or accessories like rugs or ottomans. Natural tan and warm white Breathe life into a contemporary space with neutral tones like gray, brown, white, and beige. While this isn’t a new idea, it’s a luxurious take on a signature color palette, especially for a home transitioning into a modern style. (It’s also great for renters, because many rental homes already have white walls.) Courtesy of Zillow Digs. If you have high ceilings to work with, paint the walls and ceilings the same bright white to draw the eye upward and create visual space. Next, opt for soft natural tones in your flooring, carpeting, and upholstery. Finally, choose furnishings with texture like braided accents, woven designs, and wooded elements. If you’re dying for color, touches of red help warm up a cool and contemporary color palette like this. For more design inspiration, check out Zillow...

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By Kerrie Kelly on 18 May 2016 Originally posted on http://www.zillow.com/blog/3-big-trends-in-interior-design-197361/ What were the pros getting excited about at this spring’s High Point Market? This time of the year is always exciting for the interior design industry because it brings everyone’s favorite home style symposium: High Point Market. Located in High Point, NC, High Point Market comes alive twice a year for the design world to show off the latest and greatest furnishings, lighting, and details for the upcoming season. We keep our eyes peeled for trends that transcend home design — those that can be applied to fashion and art and food. At this spring’s High Point Market, we noted a few mega-trends that we’ll implement into our client projects — and our homes, too. Here’s what got our designer minds whirling. High-performance hues Inspired by the latest fashion trend known as athleisure, this look features energetic color and pattern pairings, unique silhouettes, and high-quality materials. The athleisure style has become the new norm for everyone from workout junkies and busy moms to college students and anyone running errands over the weekend. The interior design world has taken the look and spun it on its head, giving it an upbeat twist that transcends gender and cultural norms. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. One of our favorite aspects of this trend is the lack of boundary when it comes to color. Interior designers should note its vibrancy when adding it to client projects — this trend truly packs a punch! We loved how New Pacific Direct’s bright orange mid-century chair silhouettes and Worlds Away’s powder blue table lamp embodied this look and showed off its high-intensity color and subtle style all at once. Feminine finishes We are all partial to a beautiful brushed nickel finish, but in High Point we saw a few new looks we can’t wait to start using. Rose gold, copper, and cool and warm white finishes took top honors in nearly every showroom we visited. These hues offer a cozier vibe than most metals. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Seen in lighting, furnishings, and accessories, this reimagined trend lends a soft, ethereal tone to any room it’s placed in, and pairs well with luxurious materials like marble or our favorite everyday looks like Lucite and wood. Look for this trend to pop up as a small detail like the nail heads on an arm chair, or as the main ingredient in overhead pendants or chandeliers. Our favorite ways to style? Check out Jaipur Living’s lush pillows or Selamat Designs’ chicly scalloped accent chair. City living Urban living takes on a life of its own in one of our favorite trends at High Point this year. Highlighting the rise of small-scale living...

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